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a brief campaign hiatus' courtesy of hurricane sandy, president obama and mitt romney resumed campaigning. the candidate's weekend travel schedules made it clear where the election was likely to be decided. obama was slated to return to ohio today. saturday, sunday and monday. he was set to appear in iowa, virginia, wisconsin, florida, new hampshire and colorado. romney was doubled to campaign in ohio, went -- wisconsin, new hampshire and virginia. statewide polls differ on who was ahead in colorado and i what it should obama with a single digit lead in nevada and wisconsin. eight of nine surveys are the past week and a crucial ohio give obama a narrow edge. and we will be focusing on a violator in today's "washington journal." and our swing state series. we want to hear from voters and not-swing states. we want to hear how the election is playing out how you are. and this from the baltimore sun, charging more the candidates will go in the next couple days. ting where the candidates will go in the next couple days. again, the candidates focusing all of their attention in the days leading
. number one, there was a set of boaters who have yet to make a decision. sandy was not at driver of boats. number two it could say you dominated. you had a hard time munching some that may be one tactical concern. government noffer cristy was ging -- governor cristy, with any president who wouldn't have done the same thing, ought not hold office. your people are hurting. you need help and that's what we do as a country. it said something about our split cam situation that's a democratic president and figuring out how to work together is news. it's a remarkable thing. [applause] i think there's a lot of -- but it's alva liquid question. but you did see some in the republican party and in the romney campaign say it was because of sandy. or it's because now we've given gifts to everybody. it's because the ush ban areas turned out. no, that's not why we won. we won because the middle-class believed the president's economic message would be better for them than governor romney's message. we did a lot of things in in campaign well. used technology. we had amazing volunteers. i know a lot of you
sandy, we have seen clearly the problem with the government when president obama says he's going to get the federal government out of the way of rebuilding can be done. that is mitt's message, to get the government out of the way in restore the economy. we are seeing clearly in the relations being lifted to bring in oil to the east coast and the unions stopping out a state workers to come to restore electricity. this country needs to work together and mitt romney will bring us together. host: ob mentioned the hurricane -- bob mentioned the hurricane. and it has ben written about how it will affect the election . the store this morning from abc about chris christie. said everybody should be ready to vote on tuesday. i have ordered the county clerk's offices in every county in new jersey to be open both days of the weekend. he said he did not have to wait to vote. if you are tired of cleaning this stuff up, go there in person. also this morning, reported by mike allen of politico, an interesting story that mitt romney had in mind chris christie as his first choice. reaction to the speech
any fallout or benefit from hurricane sandy for the candidates? guest: i think it's becoming clear that this has been a plus for president obama. how big, we will see. if you are the incumbents and you're in a tough race, what do you want to do? you want to look presidential. that's a great advantage of incumbency. that is precisely the way he has looked, with the help of his new best friend chris christie. i guess bill clinton will have to step aside. he was the president's new best friend. now it's chris christie. with that bipartisan blessing, the president looks good. for mitt romney, he was pushed off the stage. this storm was a kind of circuit breaker for about three days. momentum, at least according to the romney camp, had been building up for romney. you lose that. politics is not just about the national voter choice. there's a big dial-up emotions included in this. i think the air went out of the balloon to a certain degree for romney during those three days. does he have time to regen? of course. we are back in the campaign today and will be back at a fever pitch by mond
wishful thinking. he embraced president obama after hurricane sandy to the dismay of some in his own party who saw his reality based actions and undermining the g.o.p. candidate. these days steve schmidt is at one of the largest political firms. since running the mccain campaign in 2008 he has been on campaigns around the world. and you saw him during the 2012 u.s. campaign. he was campaign manager for the landslide reelection of california governor in 2006. before that a top political advice sor in the white house of george w. bush. he attended the university of delaware from 1988 to 1993. david plouffe crossed paths in schmidt in the late 1980's. he completed his political seasons degree and finned two years ago. he has completed two presidential bids. he was appointed as a senior advice sor to the president in the white house in 2011. he attended is the marks high school before serving in a wide viret of state and national political campaigns. i'm going to ask the two speakers this evening to speak and i had to decide who is going to go first and i decided to use a standard that anyone
, this is this week's radio addresses. president obama talking about the countries response to hurricane sandy. then mitt romney talking about the upcoming election. >> this weekend, millions of our fellow americans are still picking up the pieces from one of the worst storms in our history. i toured new jersey on wednesday with governor christie, and witnessed some of the terrible devastation firsthand. it's heartbreaking. families have lost loved ones. entire communities have been wiped away. even some of the first responders who repeatedly put themselves in harm's way to bravely save the lives of others have suffered losses of their own. today, i ask everyone to keep them in your prayers. and as president, i promise them this -- your country will be there for you for as long as it takes to recover and rebuild. throughout the week, i've been in constant contact with governors and mayors in the affected areas, who are doing an excellent job in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. and we owe the first responders and national guardsmen who have been working around the clock our deepest grat
is making a late push in tight states. scott, big hear from sandy, texas. how concerned are you about the electoral system? caller: i believe that we will be able to overcome the lying and cheating of the democrats. they are going to cheat. they are going to have voter fraud, there is no doubt about it. one of the best indicators of that is their opposition to the picture id. they are going to cheat, they are going to live, they will claim that the ends justify the means, that lying is acceptable as long as you advance the cause. we are just going to have to overcome that, and we will. host: let's look more at the governor romney visit to pennsylvania. postal let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments -- host: let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments in morris hill, pennsylvania. [video clip] >> we have journeyed far and wide for america's future. now we are almost home. one final push will get us there. we have many long days, short nights, and now we are close. the door to a brighter future is there, open, and waiting for us. i need your vote, your wo
's touring statent island and other locations in the wake of the cleanup and aftermath of hurricane sandy. when that video becomes available, we'll take you there live. while we wait for that, we'll bring you a portion of this morning's "washington journal." host: independent vermont senator bernie sanders joins us from capitol hill this morning. thank you for being with us. and to get started here's a question. should democrats be ready to walk away from the bargaining table as you and the congress address this fiscal cliff? should democrats be willing to say if we can't get what we want we are willing to go over the cliff? guest: i think all of us want to make sure, want to do everything that we can to see that the fiscal cliff is avoided. but i think what we have seen in the past is a level of obstructionism on the part of republicans who said hey it's either my way or the identifyway. election vs. consequences. democrats want -- elections have consequences. democrats won. democrats won 25 out of 33 seats in the senate. they won seats in the house. one of the key issues during that cam
caused by hurricane sandy and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. and if you're able to help please donate to the salvation army or american red cross. we're a generous people. don't forget them. let me tell you it's great to be here with the next vice president of the united states, paul ryan and his wife. [applause] next to ann romney, paul ryan is the best choice i've made. we enter the final week of the campaign. and obama is saying four more years. we have a different cry of course. what is it? crowd chanting four more days. >> look what i've started. we are so very grateful to you and to the people across this country who have given to this campaign. it's not about paul and me. it's about america and the future we're going to leave to our children which we thank you and ask you to stay at it all the way until victory on tuesday night. [applause] now i have a question for you, are you finally ready for real change? [applause] as you know four years ago barack obama promised to do so much. he promised to be a bipartisan but he became the most partisan. then he was going to focus
trail and responded. to sandy. all over america, people were thrilled to see him working with the republican governor of new jersey. andthe mayor of new york city who is an independent endorsed president obama. [applause] and the democratic governors of new york and connecticut, to turn the electricity on and clean the debris. what i want to tell you is, cooperation works better when there is no disaster. if he did not have cooperation, disaster. barack obama is a curve and coal operator. -- barack obama is a proven cooperators. [cheers and applause] he even offered in an attempt to get a budget deal, at $1 trillion in spending cuts. they said, thank you very much. no deal. we will not see one penny raised on the wealthiest americans even if it will get rid of $4 trillion in debt. the door is still open. when you re-elect him, they will walk through that door. [cheers and applause] the second reason i am for president obama is he has done a good job with a bad hand. keep in mind, all through 2007 and 2008, then senator obama crossed america with senator clinton and senato
with over 35 years of experience. a storm like superstar on sandy is a storm we have never seen before -- a storm like super storm sandy. it is due to industrial pollution from burning fossil fuels such as petroleum. some might question is this. how much responsibility does the petroleum industry willing to take for superstar sandy and other climate disasters that are looming on the horizon? how do you justify using billions of years of energy accumulation through your own individual wealth? thank you very much. guest: thank you for the question. the oil and natural gas industry are leaders in alternative forms of energy. we take our responsibility very seriously. we have invested more than the federal government in these different forms of energy over the past 10 years. to nobodycond seat for energy future. we understand our role and are looking always for new energy forms. we have a vast diversity of energy that we produce. climate has been a discussion in the united states for the past decade or so. carbon emissions right now are at 1992 levels. the economy has slowed down and we ne
debate for the candidates for the 1st district in rhode island. we are recovering from storm sandy that did a huge amount of damage to many coastal homes. but that brings up an issue of federal flood insurance. and i had a question from a viewer should taxpayers provide incentives to healthy americans, not all coast home owners are wealthy but to build and rebuild by subsidizing their insurance? what do you say to that? should taxpayers do that? >> because federal insurance is subsidized by taxpayers, it encourages people to build and rebuild because they've got insurance. >> they should pay their fair share so i'm sure that insurance rates are very high in those areas. >> i never liked federal subsidized insurance on the coast so no. >> so your saying that people's homes who are washed away if they want to rebuild they pay for it themselves? >> i have no problem with. that my parents have a summer house. if that's where they want to put their house, that's their choice. their going to live with the consequences. i have no problem with that. >> insurance provides insurance to homes
it's a bigger issue the president takes up after hurricane sandy? guest: well, he suggested he might but i doubt -- john, given the issues that are on his table right now, if he takes it up, it's going to be leitner his second term. host: on twitter, mr. barnes, will jeb bush run in 2016? >> -- guest: i thought he would run in 2012. he has incredible experience dealing with hurricanes and other emergencies in florida. he's a likable guy. he appeals to both mod rats and conservatives. he will be what in his early 60's if he plans to run? i hope he would run and would be an extremely attractive candidate. paul ryan who is back in the house of representatives because he was re-elected to his house seat while he lost the vice president election. it's a very strong bench. i'd have to say, jeb bush is a part of it, and i would have him on the part of the bench where you're the first stout come in. host: -- guest: you can argue they are a younger generation. some are in their 40's like ryan and others a generation that hadn't arrived at the presidential level. i didn't agree with that. but
. in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, congress can't ignore the near bankrupt flood insurance program. while we fix the short-term problems, however, let's make it more effective, efficient and actuarially sound so that it will spare lives, property and the federal treasury. overhauling the flood insurance program would solve the most immediate challenges caused by extreme weather events likely due to global warming. we may even be able to discuss climate change in a more thoughtful and rational way. based on work i've done in the past with congressman ryan and jeff flake, i know agriculture reform is a ripe opportunity. taxpayers cannot afford to lavish unnecessary subsidies on large agri business while harming the environment and shortchanging small farmers and ranchers. surely, tea party republicans and members of the progressive caucus can come together to improve nutrition, wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing while strengthening family farms. and since big bird dodged a bullet during the presidential campaign, maybe it's time to address the vital role that the federal support for public broa
website cspan.org. >> new jersey surfed some of the worst damage from hurricane sandy. today president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i want to thank the members that are here. i want to thank the president. we spent a significant afternoon together, surveying the damage up and down the coast line. we wanted to show the president that personally. we have the opportunity to discuss it. and over to the shelter and meet with folks and have them see the president and his concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have a lot of challenges. things we need to do to make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible, that people have clean water, hospitals are taking care of things they need to when we get kids back to school. i discussed all those issues with the president and i am pleased to report he has sprung into action immediately to give us those things while we were in a car together. i want to than
, to boost the economy, i think somebody needs to work on a serious tax bill. we just had hurricane sandy on the east coast. there is a perfect example where if you put people to work, but all of our wires and power lines underground. they can build the economy. i think the republicans talk a good game. they found out, america is not the america of cleavers. this is a multiracial society, and it is only getting more. get in line, or we have seen the last of the republican party. host: thank you for the call from rhode island. a few other facebook comments this morning. we will go now to seth from oklahoma on the republican line. what are your priorities for the second time? caller: right now i am a server at the hili's chain. i see polls all the time before the presidential race. i do not make judgments. i can see an amount of people that i meet that have seen what obama has done for them. two people have college degrees and they cannot find a job. three people going to vacation all school and they cannot get in the -- they cannot get -- vocational school and they cannot get on at the air
of hurricane sandy. you have my word that i will continue to work every day to ensure that the 10th congressional district of the state of new jersey and the entire state receives all the federal support we need until we reach full recovery. nearly two years ago my father was sworn into his 11th and final term in congress. i look forward to continuing to build on his legacy and serve the people of the 10th congressional district of new jersey, the nation and the world. and finally, i look forward to working with all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and for those of you that knew my father, i'd just like to end and will probably be the last time i mention it. as i went through the campaign and was successful in my candidacy, after the campaign i had time to reflect on what all of this meant to me and i realized there were many parallels in our lives, and i'll just end with this. when my father was 8 years old, his mother died. my mother died when i was 4. he was first elected in essex county freeholder. that was my first elected office. he then went on to the newark munic
a tribune newspaper report, obama named hud secretary lead sandy recovery efforts. housing and urban secretary has been chosen to lead the federal government's assistance. the state's rebuilding from superstorm sandy, president obama announced thursday after touring the hardest hit parts of new york. we thought it would be good to have a new yorker who's going to be the point person obama said on staten island which he toured with donovan and state law makers. the other story i want to point to this morning is the ongoing confrontation between israel and hamas. the headline from the "new york times" on the front page, israel and hamas step up air attacks in the gaza clash. israel and hamas brushed aside international calls for restraint on thursday and executed their lethal conflict over gaza where palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into israel territory targeting tell aviv for the first time. and israel intensifies and sent tanks for a possible invader. a story from early this morning notes that egypt opens a tiny window of truce in the gaza confrontation. the prime
-span.org. new jersey suffered some worst damage from hurricane sandy. today, president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the federal government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> i promise, you are going to be ok. we are going to get this whole thing set up. this is the owner of the marines arrive here. i want to make sure that she knows -- the owner of a marina right here. how long have you had the marina? since 1996? nothing like this has ever happened. well, we will get it done, i promise. we are going to see what we can do. we will try to work through, obviously folks' homes, making sure the power is back on, making sure the streets are clear and all the debris is gone. we want to make sure the small businesses are up and running. is the head of emergency management. he knows what to do. [indiscernible] the other thing is, i know there is a lot of aqua culture here. we will work with the governor's team and work to get everything back and deal with some of the other challenges we have got. [indiscernible] this is something that we know we
hurricane sandy. yesterday, president obama visit the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the federal government's in response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> how are you, sir? what is your name? you have not gotten much sleep, have you? appreciate it. how're you? are you ok? we are going to help you. i promise. it is going to be ok. you are safe. that is the most important thing. i have my guide, craig fugate. i want to make sure she knows the week immediately give her the help she needs. how long have you left your? >> since 1996. we will get you some help. i promise. we have to prioritize. we want to make sure power is back on. make sure the streets are clear and the debris is gone. that is just one lot. we want to make sure small businesses are up and running. he is from florida. he is used to hurricanes. >> the governor asked the president to declare disaster. we make sure there are teams coming down here. i know there is a lot of agriculture here. i do not want to have you go to a lot of different outfits to find help. we will deal with some of the challenges
of hurricane sandy, president obama and mitt romney resumed campaigning. the candidate's weekend travel schedules made it clear where the election was likely to be decided. obama was slated to return to ohio today. saturday, sunday and monday. he was set to appear in iowa, virginia, wisconsin, florida, new hampshire and colorado. romney was doubled to campaign in ohio, went -- wisconsin, new hampshire and virginia. statewide polls differ on who was ahead in colorado and i what it should obama with a single digit lead in nevada and wisconsin. eight of nine surveys are the past week and a crucial ohio give obama a narrow edge. and we will be focusing on a violator in today's "washington journal." and our swing state series. we want to hear from voters and not-swing states. we want to hear how the election is playing out how you are. and this from the baltimore sun, charging more the candidates will go in the next couple days. ting where the candidates will go in the next couple days. again, the candidates focusing all of their attention in the days leading up to election day on as swing s
to meet the critical needs of this nation. >> do you foresee a hearing on sandy and it's a facts? >> i anticipate -- i did not know if it will be at the federal level but in terms of -- i am confident there will be some assessment on a state-by- state level. in terms of looking at what was done and evaluating and making pronouncements as to what we can do better. there will be hearings. i cannot know if it will escalate to the federal level. >> mignon clyburn and paul kirby, this is "the communicators" on c-span. >> our live road to the white house coverage continues tonight. at 8:25, mitt romney and his wife at a campaign rally in englewood, colorado. then president obama of former president bill clinton speak at a rally in virginia. by beginning at 10:35 eastern tonight on c-span. now, the final virginia senate debate. former virginia governors and square off in one of the closest rates in -- races in the country. courtesy of wsls tv in, west virginia. >> welcome, everyone, to the last debate of this virginia campaign. i am coming to you live from the beautiful campus in virginia.
anything anymore. that is your this country is headed. host: were you affected by hurricane sandy up in beverly, new jersey? and what is your feeling about chris christie? caller: governor chris christie, i was not affected, just the power was out for a day. we did not get a whole lot of damage in my area. but governor chris christie -- if he has to go to the government to get help, that is what fema is there for. fema is there to help the state with catastrophes. host: greta. host: in montana, that race has not been called, results with more than half of the vote counted early this morning, they show that jon tester holds a five point lead over denny. 48% to 45%. the most expensive race in montana history. over $40 million is the tablet. moving on to north dakota, this has not been called either. the democratic challenger there it is tied 50% to 50%. we will continue to watch this race and let you know how it turns out. moving on to arizona. these are some of the closely watched senate races. jeff flake wins in that state, 50% over richard handpicked by president obama to ron. and t
seeing tapering off. the week before hurricane sandy. lot of people say sandy killed him. i think it was more icing on the cake. but he really did engage a bunch of voters that had not been paying attention. it really put the race in play, but not quite enough. i will talk about but more and a couple minutes. the simplest thing, how we looked at it. in the senate, we saw a couple of outstanding races, but what seems to happen is there were 10 tossup races and become a down to, what is it? montana and north dakota? if they both go democratic -- if they both go republican it will have won seven out of 10. it goes to reinforce something that we already knew. when you get down to that last group of tossups senate races, they never break down the middle. they tend to break even, two- thirds one way, one-third of the other. it is whatever the gust of wind is. it could have been sandy related, maybe not. what ever happened, the use of them break either seven out of 10 or nine out of 10 in favor of republicans. it held up enormously. this, i think their team had a far better night than an
benefits fell sharply last week. analysts say that the figure was analyst -- elevated by hurricane sandy. the labor department says that applications dropped from 40,000 in the previous week's. aaa says that more than 43 million of us are going somewhere for thanksgiving this year. travel organizations say that they will take a sharp upturn in the economy. officials in greece are criticizing the failure of the you -- european union to release loan funds for that debt ridden country. the greek prime minister is warning that it is not just the great future that hangs in the balance. the delay prolonged uncertainty over the future of greece, facing a default that would threaten the entire eurocurrency. finally, there is a new u.n. report saying that concentrations of greenhouse gases are up 20% since the year 2000. the report, days ahead of a climate conference reminds world government that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goals of limiting global warming. some of the headlines this hour on c-span radio. >> you career officers changed this army
the economy, i think somebody needs to work on a serious tax bill. we just had hurricane sandy on the east coast. there is a perfect example where if you put people to work, but all of our wires and power lines underground. they can build the economy. i think the republicans talk a good game. they found out, america is not the america of cleavers. this is a multiracial society, and it is only getting more. get in line, or we have seen the last of the republican party. host: thank you for the call from rhode island. a few other facebook comments this morning. budget reduction, immigration reform and education -- we will go now to seth from oklahoma on the republican line. what are your priorities for the second time? caller: right now i am a server at the hili's chain. i see polls all the time before the presidential race. i do not make judgments. i can see an amount of people that i meet that have seen what obama has done for them. two people have college degrees and they cannot find a job. three people going to vacation all school and they cannot get in the -- they cannot get -- vocationa
. as recently exposed in these storm sandy where we lost one of our substations because we didn't make the investment, we as a nation, as a reasoningon, didn't make the investment to make sure that the water didn't come into that substation and end the ability for us to have the level of service into the penn station in new york city. because those gates were so old. and it was scheduled to get done as a part of the art program, and it's now scheduled to be done as a part of the gateway program which is a discussion that this body needs to have for the future about how do we make those investments in infrastructure? and i'm hearing that today in many areas. so really a subsidized cost is really about the long distance trains where the business model doesn't work the same as the level of service that there is along the northeast corridor and the need to connect that service. but we had to be careful coming in to reorganize amtrak. you have to find out and -- whether it was the g.a.o. report or whether it was the i.g. report, we followed the i.g. structure in terms of developing a strate
view, katrina, you saw it, sandy give some impetus to dealing with climate change. i said, in new york, we will pay for climate change one way or another. we can pay for it after each natural disaster -- in new york, we have had three or 4100-year disasters -- or four 100-year disasters. irene, sandy. it will give some impetus to deal with climate change. even if we cannot reach compromise on that, there are lots of things that we can reach compromise on and that would be on the agenda. the fourth thing i put on the agenda, i talked about earlier in reference to your question. maybe we can get some real financial reform. republicans are beginning to rethink super pacs. they have not produced the positive results they hope for and they have produced negative results that they did not expect. >> if a deal is reached before the end of the year, does that remove the need for tax reform, more comprehensive tax reform next year? >> my view is that corporate tax reform should be treated separately. why? to make corporate tax reform work, you should not have revenue increases. you are putting
failure to abide by the rules. i want to make it abundantly clear we are in the same situation. sandy and i was a "profile in courage" almost to support china and we have consistently supported our position as most people are supporting the committee's position and the congress position as relates to allowing russia to assume the responsibilities of joining the w.t.o.. and while we have no guarantees that she will abide by the rules, at least we do have she recognizes that they are international rules. and for those people that are just monitoring the behavior of the people's republic of china, we have to realize that in order to get people to cooperate and to find some discipline in international trade, they have to join. and this goes a long way in making certain that only that we create the jobs and improve commercial trade with russia, but also it encourages the administration now to see what works for the great united states, what really works improve the quality of trade between all nations, and gives us another tool to work with. so i want to thank sandy and the chairman of the
. and i also want to acknowledge the steering committee, christie and jeff, sandy and gary, jckie nackie and bob, joyce and arnie, janet and mark jacobs, jennifer and chuck, bruce and debbie and doug rightguard. erin and matt, jane and bob, marcia and dan. i want to thank all of them up for their good works and thanks to all of you for making this the most successful fund-raiser the brandsstad committee has had in history. thank you very much. i want to thank the wilder side band for their entertainment and for our baker, linzie of live, love, bake for delicious birthday treats tonight. this is a wonderful cake they put together. thank you very much. one of the big reasons for having such a great success is our and operational speaker, marco rubio. what a wonderful message he has and what a great example of the american dream. and he is an inspiration to me and so many others to continue to focus on a limited government and empowering the private sector to grow opportunities for all of our people. tonight's event, with this event, we have turned the page and we look towards the future.
saw superstorm san joaquin smash into -- sandy smash into new jersey and new york with devastating results. loss of life, incredible loss of property, both public and private, and a very, very big cleanup bill. joining me in a little while will be some of our representatives from the state of new york. and they'll talk about that in detail. but before sandy ever hit the coast there was a need here in america to protect americans from storms and floods. we know what happens when the protection wasn't there. devastating results. today in the news in california, northern california , there is on the headlines a series of storms coming into northern california, into my district, into where my home is, and the word is, get ready for serious flooding. i mean, this is very early in the season. although californians with any memory at all will know that there are a series of infamous christmas floods in northern california. now, this is really a thanksgiving flood potential. but nonetheless it's there. and i will tell you clearly that the sacramento region, which is the second most risky r
the need for infrastructure in the northeast -- we are still reeling from the affects of sandy. the pleas of governors like malloy, cuomo, and christie, all are calling for us to focus on infrastructure. it is not only needed in a devastated northeast but clearly across this nation. one only has to read about the situation of roads and bridges to understand the importance of infrastructure and investment. clearly, people need to go back to work. that is something positive that we all agree on that can be done and should be done. but as we noticed today, there are no votes on the united states congress and the house of representatives today. we also agree, and emphasize this again, as did gene sperling -- everyone, and we mean everyone, should get $250,000 in tax breaks. everyone -- and so that means that even billionaires get that first $250,000. and everyone is in agreement -- the republicans do not want to see the middle class go without this tax cut. so where we disagree, let us push that off. where we agree, let's embrace. further, we discussed again the long term effects of our defic
the federal government to help our area it is fascinating. host: were you affected by hurricane sandy there? caller: the lower part of queens was affected. we have many friends and we talk to each other daily. what i like about this man is we know we should not agree with obama 100%. the alternative we have an hour -- romney lying about all of the records. host: we showed you mitt romney's even in englewood, colorado in a little bit. the president working the rope line in bristow, virginia. jiffy lube live the name of the auditorium. this is jill in littleton, colorado. go ahead. caller: hi. i would just like to say that i completely support obama. i lost my job in 2007. instead of laying down and crying, i pulled up my bootstraps, i opened the business in construction. i employ nine people. my son was able to go to college. he now makes a good income. he will one day be middle class. i would like to sit thank you, obama. i'm behind you 100%. host: president obama working his way through the rope line as we continue to take your calls. it will be another busy day tomorrow on the campaign tr
of that spirit that gave me hope in this got awful storm we just had, sandy. it really clobbered new jersey. every morning i will be on a call where we speak to the governors of the affected states, and i found it remarkable the democrats and republicans are all acting together again. they are acting like when we got started in politics. the governor of delaware is a democrat on this call is saying, when asked what do you need, he said, i would like to say to chris christi, delaware has been hit. if you need any generators, you are going to hit more than we have been hit, so we will send them to you. ladies and gentlemen, that is how people are responding in the crisis, and that is what we have to go to again. there is a great story i like to tell. i am the oldest guy up here. i go back a long way. there used to be a guy in the house of representatives and in and named tipper o'neil. he is to have a party at his home. they used him as a poster boy for the democratic party in his last election. his only tough election he had his whole career, and he told the story standing out on the steps o
of hurricane sandy on the election. our polling showed there was an impact. our final poll showed obama with 57% and romney with 47%. we had a dead tie a week earlier. the only intervening events at that time was sandy and obama got 70% approval for his handling of the situation. a plurality of romney supporters also approved. i think in the end, it was modest. i don't think it really to hit one way or the other. i think obama had been edging a little bit had prior to the hurricane. the last two debates, not as important as the first debate. never is, but obama had not only stemmed from the's momentum following the first debate but also had developed his own. in the end, it probably helped him. the atmospherics and symbols of chris christie embracing him, but it was on the margins. may have helped in the popular vote in the northeast. we did see a big swing 4 obama elite and northeast. in our final poll, he was ahead even more. >> whenever a president can appear presidential, it's good. >> multiple other things can help him. michael bloomberg's endorsement which technically was not exactly stor
and worse wildfires. two weeks ago hurricane sandy brought a powerful and tragic reminder that the combination of sea level rise and more powerful storms can be deadly, devastating and extremely costly. hurricane sandy was the only -- only the latest and most dramatic in a series of extreme weather events. over the past two years we've had recordbreaking temperatures , the worst drought in 50 years , major floods, numerous tornadoes and thunderstorms and vast wildfires. this is what global warming looks like. and if we continue to ignore it it will soon look far worse. we should be doing all we can to reduce carbon pollution and slow global warming. but this bill instead tries to stop efforts to reduce carbon pollution. specifically the bill targets the european union's requirement that airlines modestly reduce their carbon pollution. aviation is a significant and fast-growing source of carbon pollution and talks on an international agreement to control this pollution have languished for over a decade. so since nothing was happening for 10 years, the european union acted t
jersey that we experience in the past three weeks because of super storm sandy. the larger issue of -- host: the president talked about economic growth and listen to what he has to say and we will get your response. [video clip] >> the american people will continue to be focused on our economy, jobs, and growth. he message is that we are going to ignore jobs and growth to address climate change, i do not think anyone will go for that. i will not go for that. host: mr. komanoff? guest: in a month and a half, on january 1, the payroll tax holiday that we in a thick -- that we enacted several years ago is set to expire. that is about as big a job killing and growth killing development as we can imagine. we have to find revenue to extend the payroll tax holiday. one place we can find that revenue is through a carbon tax. there is no contradiction between tax and carbon emissions and saving the climate and promoting growth and increasing jobs and employment at the same time. host: here is our first call rom alabama on the democrats' line. caller: i give you an b + on your program. i t
in this election. shortening the convention in tampa and sandy at the end of probably had an impact. i do not know that it is easy to measure the impact. we have spoken amongst the voters who decided in the last seven days -- barack obama won a majority -- a huge surprise to political scientists around the country, who will tell you that the challenger picks up the majority of the last minute undecided voters with an incumbent because they are not happy with the status quo and in this case they broke for the incumbent. sandy probably had something to do with that. look, i think it is a matter of policy and outreach, with people, the right people speaking for the republican party. finally, it is a matter of town. -- tone. these policies are inclusive. a quick way to grow those for everyone is to have the policies that were laid out by mitt romney, and we just were not successful in that. >> do you think that the comments by the senatorial candidates mattered? did they carry in the polling that you saw on a national level? >> yes. again, hard to measure, but obviously the gender gap that we have on
like super storm sandy is a storm we have never seen before. it is due to industrial pollution from burning fossil fuels such as petroleum. some might question is this. how much responsibility does the petroleum industry willing to take for superstar sandy and other climate disasters that are looming on the horizon? how do you justify using billions of years of energy accumulation through your own individual wealth? thank you very much. guest: thank you for the question. the oil and natural gas industry are leaders in alternative forms of energy. we take our responsibility very seriously. we have invested more than the federal government in these different forms of energy over the past 10 years. we take second seat to nobody for energy future. we understand our role and are looking always for new energy forms. we have a vast diversity of energy that we produce. climate has been a discussion in the united states for the past decade or so. carbon emissions right now are at 1992 levels. the economy has slowed down and we need to get people back to work and to get the economy recovered.
that sandy visited the -- hurricane sandy visited extraordinary damage on a large portion of the northeast. i come from maryland and we were not very substantially damaged but obviously new jersey, new york, and connecticut in particular, can the gentleman tell me, i know the administration has -- administration has not come down with a number that number i presume will be well north of $50 billion, but this is one of , in terms of the estimates being made, one of the five most damaging storms to hit the coast of the united states of america. i'm wondering whether or not the gentleman might have in mind doing some interim at a figure substantially below what we know will be the ultimate figure and in the next three weeks before christmas and then could the gentleman tell me whether or not if we can do that, whether or not the gentleman would require that it be offset and i yield to my friend. mr. cantor: madam speaker, i tell my friend that the best policy is to rely on the administration and fema to come up with the most accurate prediction of what the cost are before we move. so that would
as likely voters. host: as he had been doing these polls, was hurricane sandy is a prize? caller: it certainly was an october surprise. it had an effect on this election. what we found from the poll is that about 7 in 10 voters approved the president's handling of the hurricane. that would be republicans and democrats. only about 15% disapproved. unlike the heavy criticism that president bush got for his handling of katrina, this became a very different situation. what has happened here, i think, are a combination of things. people saw the president at work. they saw him essentially being a good steward in a time of serious crisis. they saw the ability for him to reach across the aisle and to work with the republican governor, chris christie, the governor of new jersey. the third thing i think that came out of all of this is the sense that government has a role to play. and that in all three of those instances, good policy and good professional work probably was very good politics for the president. having said that, it is important to know that the change we have seen in our own
one in the new jersey newspaper, after the election and hurricane sandy, millions still left powerless. our hearts go out to those that are still without electricity up in the five boroughs and new jersey shore. hopefully they are pulling it together now. the other a reverend, i heard was, hey, the chair won. after the republican convention and everything else. without asking you voted for, let me pull the audience to. how many of you thought the election results were mostly positive? there you go. how many mostly negative? and how many too soon to tell? that is a good barometer of our audience tonight. as a challenge to the panel, abraham lincoln in the start of his campaign in 1858 said, a house divided cannot stand. reference to the nation -- nature of the republic back then. how divided are we, where are the lines? both candidates promise bipartisan progress. facing the challenges of a nation at home and abroad. can the winner possibly deliver? i would put that board as a challenge not just to the president by congress as well. tammy resolved extraordinary good but we are now facin
as something that i'm not because quite frankly they cannot beat the farmer from big sandy with the record that i have for veterans for sportsmen for women for education for tax policy for making sure that montana's rural perspective is front and center in washington, d.c. look, over the last six years i've had an incredible opportunity to work with some of the most incredible people in the world and they all live right in this state. when i first got appointed to the veterans affairs committee, at public meetings i had a vietnam veteran come up and say you're not going to treat the men and women coming out of iraq and afghanistan like you did us. i work hard to live up to the promises. i've had sportsmen come up and say you have the best habitat in the world and if we can't get access it doesn't do us any good. so we've worked not only to increase the number of acres but also make sure that there's access to it. i've had women come up to me and say you know what? i can't afford health care. i'm a single mom or i'm single. and that income does not allow me to get health care. and that's wh
. and the only thing getting attention during the first few days of the sandy coverage. romney was in ohio. he was holding an event that encouraged people to bring aid and food. this ad was running. in it, it suggests that president obama is responsible, and his policies are responsible for jeep sending more jobs to china. china -- the chrysler owners are investing in china to boost the market there. they are not cutting back in ohio. they are investing more in the toledo area chrysler planned. the romney campaign has been asked about it. and they stand by it. the suggestion is clear that ohio might lose jobs. host: let's play a little bit of the radio ad that talks about this. >> barack obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who? ohio or china? gm cut 15,000 american jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars in china which means 15,000 more jobs for china. chrysler plans to start making jeeps in china. what happened to the promises made to autoworkers in ohio? this same hard-working men and women who were told the auto bailout would help them. mitt romney would welcome
at cspan.org. >> we're going to >> in response to hurricane sandy you will hear from fema administrator and we are joined by h.u.d, secretary and red cross senior v.p. for disaster services. following remarks we will be taking questions from reporters. we will take one question per person and with that i turn it over to the administrator. >> good afternoon. the response is i think if you get in some of the areas where storm surge was people had significant flood damage in their homes and the impact is reflected in our current registrations for assistance over 217,000 have registered and over right now we're at about $199 million in assistance has already been provided t. bulk of that $1993 million in housing and $6 million for eligible cost. and the numbers we expect to don't go up as people are able to get registered and get the assistance. but this also shows why it's going to take a strong federal partnership and state local government to address the homes damaged. as power comes on it's becoming clear for many people the longer term issues will be rebuilding and repairing their home
it to try to change the momentum away from hurricane sandy is the way to generate excitement. the race is tightening. it did not deploy bill clinton if you thought you have [inaudible] >> we use the ap for official calls in states. we will get the updates for other networks. nbc is calling the massachusetts senate race for elisabeth warren -- elizabeth warren. that makes some math for republicans winning back the senate almost impossible. it will put a prominent liberal in the senate and take out a republican. one of the few moderate republicans left in the senate. that person will be ousted and join olympia snowe left because she was sick of the politics of washington. one of the things you need to keep in mind is you want to wins in these races. you will end up with a much more polarized senate. elizabeth warren -- is almost instantly a national figure. talk about the importance of this race. >> in terms of the moderates and the senate, what is going to happen in this election is you'll get totally elected in indiana, and you have a lot of friends for people like joe manchin. even th
first responders who have worked tire leslie following hurricane sandy. more details about the trip will be announced when they are available. >> new york city or new york area? >> new york area. >> earlier today the president queened a call with homeland security, fema chief of staff and other senior members of his team. on the call the president received an update on the latest response and recovery efforts in the affected area. he also heard from fema administrator on the latest efforts to meet the continuing power and fuel challenges facing affected communities as well as ongoing work of the governors and their teams for housing solutions for the families. administrator is in new york survey i have aing damage and ongoing response recovery efforts t. president directed his team to bring all available resources to bear to support our state and local partners and not allow red tape to stand in the way of federal support that can be provided t. president will continue to receive updates on the response and recovery efforts from his team. and with that i'll take your questions. >> t
of his constituents who were under siege from hurricane sandy. he has his priorities in order. he knows his policy. he loves his american people. he is very patriotic. he is very good at politics. >> thank you very much. thank you to leader pelosi for her tenacity and her unprecedented work ethic. to my new colleagues -- welcome. the leader told me that it would be a labor when. i have enjoyed every day of this job. it says something about our unexpected pickups that you had to use your wide angle lenses to capture the incredible wealth of talent and diversity we have. with the new members, the tea party starts to roll back and problem solving can move forward. that is what this election was about. these leaders wake up every morning not thinking about left or right. they wake up thinking about how to move their communities forward, the country forward, how to solve problems. are may years to have had to balance budgets and the potholes'. they are veterans. they are small business people. they are doctors. the message that voters sent due out this country is that they want problem solve
, sandy and gary, jackie and bob, joyce and arnie, janet and mark jacobs, jennifer and chuck, bruce and debbie and doug rightguard. erin and matt, jane and bob, marcia and dan. i want to thank all of them up for their good works and thanks to all of you for making this the most successful fund-raiser the brandstad committee has had in history. thank you very much. i want to thank the wilder side band for their entertainment and for our baker, linzie of live, love, bake for delicious birthday treats tonight. this is a wonderful cake they put together. thank you very much. one of the big reasons for having such a great success is our inspirational speaker, marco rubio. what a wonderful message he has and what a great example of the american dream. and he is an inspiration to me and so many others to continue to focus on a limited government and empowering the private sector to grow opportunities for all of our people. tonight's event, with this event, we have turned the page and we look towards the future. i have always been one that learned that you never fight the last battle or a
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